ActiveRain Success Stories

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Melbourne, FL Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) said over 6 years ago,
"I received a call from an agent in Virginia who had a friend that lived in my area of expertise and needed to sell a home. She looked me up on the Activerain network and referred her client to me. She said it was her friend and wanted to make sure that I would take really good care of her. I listed the home and sold it in just a few days...and I have received two additional referrals from the selling client...both of which were buy/sell. I also have received many additional calls and emails from those who have read my blog on Activerain and have sold quite a few homes...and helped quite a few buyers in the last three years that I can attribute directly to AR...thanks Activerain...you have helped me become an area expert!

I recently received a call from an agent in California...his clients were looking for an agent who worked in my area. They had an investor who wanted a townhouse to purchase and then rent out. I quickly found the buyer a home and we were under contract in a matter of days. Thanks again Activerain!

Just received another lead from someone who is interested in buying a home in my area of expertise. They are moving from California and need to buy a home (they would like a short sale or maybe an REO). We have started the process...and when I asked they told me they found me on Activerain and liked what I had to say about the community. They told me they looked at quite a few agents on the network but I was the only one who wrote about what it was like to live here :)"
Laura Borja Mortgage Professional, Specializing in VA and FHA Loans (Supreme Lending NMLS 2129): Mortgage and Lending in San Diego, CA Laura Borja Mortgage Professional, Specializing in VA and FHA Loans (Supreme Lending NMLS 2129) said over 6 years ago,
"I have been blogging on Active Rain since 2011 with what I though was limited results. As my enthusiasm for it dwindled so did the number of posts. Two weeks ago I received a call from an agent new to doing VA loans who Googled VA lenders in my area and found me! Our new mutual client is now in escrow! Definitely a reminder that I should go back to utilizing the great tool that ActiveRain offers us to grow our business"
Scott Patterson, Scott Patterson (Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Executive Partners ): Managing Real Estate Broker in Martinez, GA Scott Patterson, Scott Patterson (Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Executive Partners ) said over 6 years ago,
"Active Rain has been an invaluable tool for keeping me in front of the web based market."
Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher  (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island): Home Stager in Locust Valley, NY Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) said over 6 years ago,
"I have had SO MANY success stories from people who find my blogs on Activerain. I have gotten a Radio Interview as well as one from The New York Times, The Real Deal, NewsDay, The New York Observer, Redbook and Woman's Day. My Activerain blogs have also resulted in many Feng Shui Consultations in New York and across the Country. It's amazing that people find you, read you and connect with YOU. When they want to work with someone, they've already got that important connection. I am also working on a new project to be announced soon; they found me through Activerain as well!"
Karen Berg, Experience Matters! (Queen Creek Realtor, San Tan Valley Realtor, United Brokers Group (602)919-2375): Real Estate Agent in Queen Creek, AZ Karen Berg, Experience Matters! (Queen Creek Realtor, San Tan Valley Realtor, United Brokers Group (602)919-2375) said over 6 years ago,
"The biggest success I have experienced in Active Rain, is meeting people through this amazing community! I think it is one of my best kept secrets which isn't truly a secret! Thank you Active Rain!"
INXPO Inc: Real Estate Agent in Hancock, CA INXPO Inc said over 6 years ago,
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Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.): Real Estate Agent in Conroe, TX Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) said over 6 years ago,
"OK..... Here we are already! This morning our time we put up a post about Tomball and It's Advantages around 10:45AM CST and just for grins at 11:05 I did a Google search for Tomball and It's Advantages and it's in the 3rd position on page one in Google. I am astounded. You can rest assured that we're going to be working diligently on our writing and crafting skills. I think amazed just may be the understatement of the week. WOW!"
Crystal   De Raffele, NYS Lic. Real Estate Salesperson (www.MyDutchessRealtor.com): Real Estate Agent in Beacon, NY Crystal De Raffele, NYS Lic. Real Estate Salesperson (www.MyDutchessRealtor.com) said over 6 years ago,
"Meeting with a Westchester Realtor from Active Rain, asking me to help a friend of hers' that works in Westchester, but needed to sell her home in Dutchess County....I was extremely happy to make 2 new friends, having an agent refer me is an extremely wonderful feeling, and having a happy seller in the end, even moreso."
Lee Davenport, Learn With Lee: Real Estate Coaching & Consulting: Education & Training in Sandy Springs, GA Lee Davenport, Learn With Lee: Real Estate Coaching & Consulting said over 6 years ago,
"Thanks to exposure from ActiveRain, I have been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution News and Realtor Magazine."
Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ): Real Estate Agent in Marion, AR Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) said over 6 years ago,
"If it is not because of Active Rain, my daughter couldn't pick me to put in her project! (edit/delete)

It is just a proud mama story, if you don't like to read heart warming proud parents story, you may want to move on to the next post, haha.

My daughter is in the 8th grade, she has to write a book about herself, it is called The Me Story or something like that. One thing about it is she can only do it at school, can't bring it home. She has to use the school's computer to do this project, with limited websites they are allowed to use. One of the topic of this book is write about the person she admires the most.

Guess who she picks? ME! Her mom! Aww, that's sweet of her, lol. BUT, she needs a picture of me to put in that book that she can find on a website and can't upload any pictures from Facebook or personal file. Then her light bulb comes on. She Googles me.........she puts Rita Fong in the search box, and voila, I am the first of page 1 under


Rita Fong (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY) - Real Estate Agent - Marion, AR





ActiveRain real estate profile for Rita Fong (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY) a Real Estate Agent in Marion, AR.
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And of course she finds my picture on the profile, so she can use it in her project and make it a slide show.

Thanks Active Rain!! If it is not because of you, my daughter couldn't pick me to put in her project!






















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Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE): Real Estate Agent in Sarasota, FL Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE) said over 6 years ago,
"I received an email from a mortgage broker who saw my profile and thought I would work well with a client of his who had recently moved to Sarasota. I phoned the client the same day and met to talk about his real estate needs. Because my profile has alot of my background prior to being a realtor, the mortgage broker was able to tell that my interests and past life experiences would serve his client well. It turned out that we had many things in common, likes and dislikes and I now have someone who will most likely end up as a friend as well as a buyer. Thanks Active Rain for the opportunity to have exposure to the kinds of people who will recognize my strengths and refer me."
Gijs Van Breugel, TERRA FRANCE | International Estate Agents (TERRA FRANCE | International Estate Agents for France): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Gijs Van Breugel, TERRA FRANCE | International Estate Agents (TERRA FRANCE | International Estate Agents for France) said over 6 years ago,
"As a french estate agent I am learning a lot from the approach of my overseas colleagues - especially here at Active Rain. As we work in the international buyers market we are always trying to be steps further ahead than our local competition and that means looking over the borders and not sticking to archaic approaches in "please let us not change"-France.
- I would be eager to share my experiences from France with you ..."
Kim Mulligan, Selling Homes for the 21st Century (Engel & Völkers Seattle/Eastside): Real Estate Sales Representative in Seattle, WA Kim Mulligan, Selling Homes for the 21st Century (Engel & Völkers Seattle/Eastside) said over 6 years ago,
"Active Rain is a wonderful place for clients, looky-loos, and professionals to find the most current information about their markets. There is so information to be gathered here! A little something for everybody."
Justin Messer, Residential Loan Officer, USDA Rural Housing Loan (Supreme Lending USDA, FHA, and Conventional Loans): Mortgage and Lending in Peachtree City, GA Justin Messer, Residential Loan Officer, USDA Rural Housing Loan (Supreme Lending USDA, FHA, and Conventional Loans) said over 6 years ago,
"When I joined ActiveRain, I was certainly hesitant and skeptical about writing a blog. I had know idea how powerful a blog could really be. After receiving months of training from the ActiveRain experts, my eyes were opened and I never looked back. In 2008, I became an ActiveRain Confirmed Loan Officer. This title enables me to teach others everything that I have learned. I offer free training to anyone that is willing to learn. You will learn how to blog, how to blog efficently and effectively. You will learn how to boost your page ranking for all of your websites. The web is the first place a consumer goes to purchase a home. With today's economy and housing crisis, we as real estate professionals must separate ourselves from the rest of the pack. If you do not learn how to maximize your web presence, then you are destined to fail. The social media revolution has already begun and isn't taking any prisoners! So, have YOU blogged today?

Email me at Justin.Messer@SupremeLending.com and let me know if you are ready to learn or if you have any questions!"
Thomas D (TMD Technology): Services for Real Estate Pros in Delray Beach, FL Thomas D (TMD Technology) said over 6 years ago,
"ActiveRain Continues to give us a great opportunity to network with local realtors and share great local events.."
Barb Christensen, Associate Broker WA & ID (Coldwell Banker Tomlinson): Real Estate Agent in Spokane, WA Barb Christensen, Associate Broker WA & ID (Coldwell Banker Tomlinson) said over 6 years ago,
"Wow well my story is that my family comes first, my Customers come second, and my networking with my Ninja associates and ActiveRain comes 3rd. Having said that when I read your blogs it always helps me and when I write the few that have written I get a response that tells me I also help you. It's all good there are no limits!"
Barbara Raley, When you think of Real Estate, think of me! (The McNelis Group,LLC): Real Estate Sales Representative in Solomons, MD Barbara Raley, When you think of Real Estate, think of me! (The McNelis Group,LLC) said over 6 years ago,
"This is my first Active Rain buyer in Southern Maryland. I was in Ocean City at the Real Estate convention when I received a call. The caller said she wanted me to help her find a waterfront home in Deale, Shady Side. or lower Southern Maryland . After talking with her for a while, I asked her how she found me, her responce was YOUR BLOG. I couldn't not believe it. We haven't found the perfect one yet, but we haven't given up. P.S. I just got my first waterfront listing, so that makes two from Active Rain. YEA!!!!! I just know there will be more. Thank you Active Rain."
Jennifer Wehner, Top 1% AZ Realtor (Re/Max Fine Properties): Real Estate Agent in Scottsdale, AZ Jennifer Wehner, Top 1% AZ Realtor (Re/Max Fine Properties) said over 6 years ago,
"In June of 2010, I received a referral alert on ActiveRain from John Keene, an agent in Denver CO. John was looking for an agent here in Phoenix to help his sister sell and buy a new home. I was happy to take on the challenge! I spoke with Jodie and Albert before our appointment, and we spoke about the market conditions, tips on staging her home to sell, and their goals and expectations. Although they were homeowners, they had bought their first home (which I was selling) from their mom, and really were first-time sellers and buyers. They had a lot of questions, especially in a market with high foreclosures and short sales.

Jodie and Albert's home showed beautifully, and stood out among the short sales and foreclosures in the area. We were able to secure a good offer within the first 2 weeks, and the process went pretty smooth from there. Jodie and Albert wanted to take their time in picking out their new home, and were open to traditional sales, short sales, and foreclosures. We had quite the adventure looking at homes in the summer, many vacant with no AC, and I was 5 months pregnant! We even had a furry friend jump out from its nest in a bank-owned home as we tried to get out to the balcony! After a thorough search, Jodie and Albert finally found their dream home. A 3000 sf home in North Phoenix in great condition, with an entertainers backyard--pool, spa, BBQ, grassy area. It was a traditional sale priced at $289,900, which we negotiated down to $265,000 with some furnishings included. The sellers on the home were very helpful, and it was again a smooth transaction.

It was great getting to know Jodie and Albert and their family, and I am grateful for the opportunity to help them as my clients and look forward to a future friendship. Thank you John Keene and ActiveRain!"
Shane Kidwell, MLO 200950 (Atlas Mortgage ~ A Division of Pinnacle Capital Mortgage ): Mortgage and Lending in Seattle, WA Shane Kidwell, MLO 200950 (Atlas Mortgage ~ A Division of Pinnacle Capital Mortgage ) said over 6 years ago,
"ActiveRain has been a huge success to growing my market share and expanding my knowlege of the business. Its a great place to be able to talk with other people who share in my challenges and triumphs."
Jimmy Katz, "REAL Solutions for Real Estate!" (Method Real Estate Advisors): Real Estate Agent in Atlanta, GA Jimmy Katz, "REAL Solutions for Real Estate!" (Method Real Estate Advisors) said over 6 years ago,
"Since being a member of ActiveRain, I have sent out more than $65,000 in referral fees to fellow members. Thank you fellow ActiveRainers and keep those referrals coming!"